'Time To Address Unemployment', Omar7 January 2011
Jammu: The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday asked the Jammu and Kashmir Oversees Employment Corporation (JKOEC) to fix realistic targets for 2011 about the placement of skilled and educated youth in the job markets outside India. “You have to tackle three-pronged challenges of global economic scenario, international job market requirements and prevailing perception of Jammu and Kashmir outside,” he told the Corporation officials. Chairing the first meeting of the Board of Directors of JKOEC here, the Chief Minister, who is also its chairman, stressed on dovetailing of efforts to make the Corporation a viable venture in pursuit of seeking better jobs for the skilled and unskilled youth of Jammu and Kashmir at international level. “You have to concentrate on identification of skills in demand in the job market at global level and train the youth accordingly so that they are fit to be absorbed,” he said, calling for unified efforts by the Technical Education Department, JKOEC and Entrepreneurship Development Institute in this direction. Omar said: “There is an urgent need of meshing of programmes launched by various institutions separately for skill development. The Prime Minister’s Skills Development Mission and Rangarajan Committee’s efforts need to be integrated with the overall strategy to address the unemployment crisis.” Omar said his government has flagged employment generation as one of the most important tasks and constitution of Oversees Employment Corporation is a step in that direction. Omar said the Corporation should look at the training, market identification, job availability and change in the perception about Jammu and Kashmir while simultaneously utilizing various avenues. “You have a stupendous task to perform and government is at your side to provide its full support,” he told the members, asking them to move ahead with determination and purpose. Omar also instructed the Corporation to make registration of job-seekers easy and smooth and utilize the service of Khidmat Centres and other facilities to make youth aware about the programmes of JKOEC. The meeting discussed in detail matters pertaining to the confirmation of its Chairman and Directors and registered office, adoption of common seal, approval to the allotment and issuance of shares to the subscribers, appointment of auditors, holding of board meetings, nomination of other Directors, registration of job-seekers and empanelment of consultants. The Minister for Labour and Employment Abdul Gani Malik highlighted the role of JKOEC in helping skilled and un-skilled job-seekers intending to work outside the country.